2016 has been a true "winter of discontent' for many producers in the Mid-South states and other farming regions.
Just how much discontent was reflected in the Survival Strategy Summit, a focus group meeting of 16 producers from five states convened by Delta Farm Press on the second morning of the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn. The meeting was sponsored by BASF.
Today and over the next few days we will be showing a series of videos from the Summit, which was held to assess where producers are following the 2015 crop year and what they plan to do to cope with the bleak outlook for 2016.
The first video contains comments by David Nichols, a corn, soybean and wheat producer from Northwest Tennessee. Nichols, who is also a seed dealer, serves as a director on the United Soybean Board, the organization which oversees the Soybean Checkoff.
Future segments will include producers from each of the five Mid-South states, what they experienced in 2015 and what they're thinking as they begin what could be a make-or-break year for many growers in 2016 and again in 2017.